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3D Mammograms Now Available at Centennial Medical Center, Helps Fight Breast Cancer

June 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Seizing on the newest technological breakthrough, Centennial Medical Center now offers 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, to help detect smaller tumors sooner when breast cancer is in its earliest stages. This new 3D technology boasts a 40% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancer (see also Centennial Medical Center).

"I am excited about using this innovative technology to gain a better view of dense and fatty tissue so that smaller tumors can be detected earlier when survival rates are higher," said Dr. Bruce Fine at Centennial Medical Center.

The new 3D imaging technology allows radiologists to see inside the breast and pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. It digitally dissects the tissue into layers for ease of examination, similar to turning the pages of a book to see everything inside of it rather than looking at just the cover.

Six important studies have shown that 3D mammography reduces false positives and unnecessary follow-up tests by 15%. Combined with traditional 2D digital mammography, 3D mammography significantly increases the likelihood that cancer will be detected before it has spread to the lymph nodes, giving the patient nearly a 100% survival rate.

Tomosynthesis provides three-dimensional images using technology similar to computed tomography. The machine moves in an arc-shaped pattern over the breast, taking numerous X-ray images that are compiled via computer into a 3D image. Like two-dimensional mammograms, 3D mammograms also use small amounts of radiation and compress the breast to produce clear, accurate views. However, unlike 2D mammography that produces a single, flattened image, 3D mammography provides layered views of breast tissue from many different angles. Breast tomosynthesis is available to women under 65 who are due for an annual screening mammogram.

Since one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, mammograms are an important tool to diagnose it in the early stages. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer.

Centennial Medical Center allows women over the age of 40 to schedule their own screening mammogram without a referral from their primary care physician. Self-initiated screening mammograms are intended to offer women an easy option for scheduling a mammogram to help detect breast cancer before symptoms appear.

For more information about services available at Centennial Medical Center, call 972-963-3333 or visit

Keywords for this news article include: Hospital, Oncology, Technology, Breast Cancer, Women's Health, Centennial Medical Center.

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Source: Cancer Weekly

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